Arun Stephens

Facebook asking you to rate Places

I just noticed this, not sure if it’s new or part of their A/B testing. They’ve got a box on the right hand side asking which of two places I have previously checked into was better. It looks like Facebook are trying to gather information about places so they can provide recommendations, much like foursquare’s Explore tab. Have any of you noticed this on Facebook? Answer in the comments or on Twitter @arunstephens. Read more →

Facebook Places has launched in the UK. The End.

At the risk of turning this into a blog that’s exclusively about Facebook Places, I figure I should write a very short piece about Facebook Places actually launching in the UK. So here it goes.. Facebook Places launched in the UK some time this morning. If you’re wondering why I was looking at Facebook Places in the first place, follow @arunstephens on Twitter, and you’ll be amongst the first to know when my new (location-based, obviously) project is launched. Read more →

Is the international Facebook Places launch imminent?

I hadn’t checked into my home office with Facebook Places for a few days, so I decided to fire up the proxy server and check in tonight. I was pleasantly surprised as what I found. It appears that a lot of local landmarks (bridges mostly, and the Battersea Power Station) have been added to the Facebook Places database. Does this mean that Facebook have been busy populating their database, ready for the launch? Read more →

Following Zuckerberg’s footsteps in London with Facebook Places

Right now, Facebook Places is only available in the United States. Well, that’s not entirely true. It’s only available to United States IP addresses. And they are not that difficult to come by. Facebook Places has been in development for around 8 months, but I’ve found evidence (for want of a better word) that it has been working, outside the US, at least since June, when several Facebookers were in London, for a hack day and a special edition of the Facebook Developer Garage. Read more →